What is Miscellaneous?
This is a blog about mental health, social justice, and sharing resources related to the health and wellbeing of people with diverse sexes, genders, and sexualities.
Why this blog?
We live and work in the overlaps of mental health, health promotion, suicide prevention and community development – particularly with queer and trans* communities in NZ. Miscellaneous arose from the need we had to be better connected to other people doing similar or related work. We’d like to feel more connected so that we can all share the tools we use. We wanted to know when new research comes out, and when there’s an event we could attend.
Another motivation is to provide resources for health professionals who want to learn more about diversity of sexes, genders, and sexualities. This blog (and the collection of resources it houses/showcases) is particularly aimed at people who are interested in these issues but don’t know where to start. This is not intended as a comprehensive catalogue. It’s more like a gallery of highlights.
Miscellaneous is a collaboration.
Miscellaneous is a blog, not an organisation. We are a small group of people who happen to have some time available for this work, and we’re hoping other people will join us. We’ve set up this blog as a collaboration between the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and Kāhui Tū Kaha, and recent collaborator Changing Minds, we are hoping it will grow to include other people and organisations too. See our bios for more information about who we are, and contact email@example.com to get involved or ask us questions.
Joey Macdonald works at Kāhui Tū Kaha as the Rainbow Liaison and Trainer, offering
education about sex, gender, and sexuality for people working in mental health and addiction services. Joey also helps people navigate mental health services and liaises between community members/consumers and staff members/providers. Joey is particularly invested in the overlaps of community development, social justice, and health in relation to transgender and gender diverse communities.
Moira Clunie works as Service Development Manager at the Mental Health Foundation, leading the development and implementation of new services for suicide prevention and youth wellbeing, including the Common Ground initiative for the parents, family and friends of young people, a range of programmes related to suicide prevention and initiatives related to LGBTI population wellbeing.
Kieran Moorhead works for Changing Minds, a mental health non-government organisation. Kieran has worked on projects promoting innovation in the wellbeing of young people (Look Up) and has a passion for human rights, and particularly the rights of people who identify as LGBTI.